About us title

When you think back to your childhood, what do you remember?  Is it that one Saturday when you sat in the living room and watched reruns all day?  Or is it something that happened outside?  Maybe the first time you caught a fish?  What about that time when you came home so muddy that your mom had to spray you off with the hose before she even let you into the garage?  Remember that tree you used to sit under?  How about that one snowman that didn’t melt for two whole months?

Come Alive Outside is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that works closely with partners in the landscape profession, as well as college horticulture and landscape architecture departments, in order to get people off the couch and back outside in communities across North America!

-MISSION-

To inspire collaborative community systems
that create the awareness, intention and opportunity
for people to live healthier lives outside.

-VISION-

Healthy individuals, families and communities
enjoying the full benefits of great outdoor spaces
where they live, work and play.

-VALUES-

Get active outside.
Grow something you can eat.
Learn with your hands in the dirt.
Connect with nature.
Play unplugged.

 

Staff

 
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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Sarah Walker, MSc.
(Fort Collins, CO)
sarah@comealiveoutside.com

 
 

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PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Andy Paluch
(Rutland, VT)
andy@comealiveoutside.com

 
 

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PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COACH
Jaya Davis
(Rutland, VT)
jaya@comealiveoutside.com

 
 

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GARDEN GURU
Laura MacLachlan
(Rutland, VT)
laura@comealiveoutside.com

 
 
 

Board of Directors

 

 

PRESIDENT
Russ Marsan
Co-owner
Carpenter & Costin
(Rutland, VT)

 
 

 

VICE PRESIDENT
Scott Wentworth
President
Wentworth Landscapes
(Picton, ON)

 
 


 
TREASURER
Michael Albert
Executive Director
United Way of Monroe County
(Stroudsburg, PA)

 
 
 

 
SECRETARY
Rick Geise
Director of Marketing and Nature Safe Brand Manager
Darling International/Griffin Industries
(Cold Spring, KY)

 
 

 

DIRECTOR
Burt DeMarche
President
The LaurelRock Company
(Wilton, CT)

 
 

 

DIRECTOR
Christy Webber
President
Christy Webber Landscapes
(Chicago, IL)

 
 

 

DIRECTOR
Zech Strauser
President
Strauser Nature’s Helpers
(Stroudsburg, PA)

 
 

 

DIRECTOR
Dwayne Ulrichs
Director of Sales and Business Development
Lurvey Landscape Supply
(Des Plaines, IL)

 
 

 

DIRECTOR
Reese Nelson, PhD
Professor of Horticulture
Brigham Young University-Idaho
(Rexburg, ID)

 
 

 

DIRECTOR
Sid Raisch
CEO
Advantage Development Systems
(Hillsboro, OH)

 
 

 

CHAIR OF ADVISORY BOARD
Jim Paluch
President
JP Horizons, Inc.
(Painesville, OH)